Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ocean View 6x16 Oil on 1" Cedar Plank

Ocean View 6x16 on 1" sanded cedar plank  $95

I thought I would try something new.  AGAIN.  I am constantly searching for that perfect combination.  I drilled holes in the back so that it can be hung on the wall but I really think it looks best sitting as a display on a table.

I bought some of this cedar to try using with my encaustics and started with the oils.  I never know which way I am going to go until I get to the studio.

Blessings for a great day.


Friday, August 25, 2017

A Day at the beach

A Day at the beach, acrylic mixed media 16x16  $225

Acrylic mixed media painted on wooden cradle board.  Painted on the sides so that no frame is required.

This one started as an acrylic pour.  I felt it needed more oomph and so I started looking through my cache of beach finds.  The dried up seaweed, parts of shells, beach glass and pebbles.  The gauze painted with gold acrylic was the only attachment that wasn't a beach find.

It's quite interesting when I am walking my pooch on the beach.  We are usually looking out at the beautiful scenery but there are times, at low low tide for example, when there is a twinkle in the sand or something that doesn't blend in with the rest.  This gets my attention and I end up going home with a pocket full of small flat pebbles or shells or even dried seaweed.  I also have a huge container of rusty stuff.  I think, this winter, I will be trying to stain rice paper for my encaustics with that.

We will see how this influences my work in the future.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Night Life, Mixed Media, Bente Hansen

Night Life Acrylic Mixed Media 8x10 on Cradle Board  $80

This painting started out as an acrylic pour.  The initial image that came to mind was an evening beach scene but I thought it was too weak.  I added pearlescent acrylic inks and some of my beach finds, including skeletons of baby crabs, shells and small pebbles.  To me this is a true water scene with all the bubbles and little images.

It is painted on the sides so that it can be hung without a frame.

Blessings for a great day.


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Art Cards

 Getting ready for the studio tour this weekend.  Thought it would be a good idea to make some personalized art cards.  Last year I made book marks by dragging watercolor paper through paint that I had put in my enamel palette.  I liked some of the results so much that I kept the book marks and thought it would be fun to do some quick watercolor sketches on watercolor card stock.

Below you see some papers that I made using a baby press.  It was fun getting different results using 3 layers of rice paper.  The Akua inks are water based so I will be able to use them with my acrylic mixed media and encaustic as well.  I loved the top left hand corner one where I printed 3 layers of ink and then the final one was gold on the backside.  The jewel toned effect was fabulous.

Blessings for a great day.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Breaking Free

Breaking Free 10x18 Encaustic Mixed Media on Cedar Board $175

This painting is done on a kiln dried cedar board.  It is gessoed with encaustic gesso and there are many beach finds including the feathers plus paper and gauze.

This painting tells a story or you can create your own.

Blessings for a great day.


Monday, July 17, 2017


Outburst 12x12 Acrylic on Canvas

I started this painting differently.  This time I did the outside negative space prior to pouring the paint.  I wanted a definite contrast in both solid color and complimentary and value difference. I then poured the blues.  I was aiming for cloud formations but got wave action instead.  That's fine with me.  I am fascinated by both.  When the paint dried which took a number of days I added more dark blues by dropping down water first and then tapping acrylic paint on the water.  This way it dissipates quite nicely and blends in.  It was fun to do.

Blessings for a great day.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Beach Activity, Acrylic painting by Bente Hansen

Beach Activity 18x24 Acrylic on Wooden Cradle Board $240

Happy Summer everyone.  I hope you are enjoying the wonderful weather.

I am blessed to live by the ocean.  The change in the environment can be quite drastic from one hour to the next.  I have figured out while pouring these acrylic paintings that even if I am loving the color combinations, if the painting does not speak to me of some aspect of nature then it becomes a do over.  The painting can conjure the feeling of moving water, wind, landscape, trees.  It doesn't matter as long as there is some aspect of nature in it.

I started this painting upside down meaning for it to be a big sky type of abstract.  Then as it was drying I changed my mind and like it better this way.  I suppose you could hang it one way for a while and then the other way for a while.  I am sure they will both speak to you.

Blessings for a great day.